The 7 steps of Standards development

Standards are voluntary agreements that stakeholders are making on a product, a service or a process. Together, these parties form a so called technical committee that develops the standard. This committee is guided by NEN, which has an advisory and facilitating role.

The 7 steps of Standard Development
Proposal
Preparation
Establishing committee
Developing Standard
Publication by NEN
Implementation by users
Evaluation



Five common questions about standard development:

Is it only possible for an interested party to participate in standards development as one is invited for this
Stakeholders are indeed asked to join but other interested parties may also join on their own initiative, but must inform NEN that they would like to participate.
Can only large organizations join?
Anyone with an interest in the topic can participate in standards development. This includes both large and small manufacturers, users, suppliers, monitoring agencies, service providers, regulatory bodies, research and academic institutions, implementing organizations, clients and consultants.
Does it make sense to make a Standard for my sector?
NEN maps out through research the possibilities of standards development. Most of the time the request comes from the market or field, but it can also be an initiative from NEN. With a positive conclusion standard development can be started.
Does it make sense to make a Standard for my sector?
NEN maps out through research the possibilities of standards development. Most of the time the request comes from the market or field, but it can also be an initiative from NEN. With a positive conclusion standard development can be started.
If I participate in Standards Development, I bring in knowledge and experience, b but can I also gain strategic advantage?
Participating in standards development means being involved with the top of your industry. Information may come to you from two directions: through the committee and from your organization to the standard committee, and the other way around from the standards committee to all concerned departments of the company (strategic management, R & D, marketing, etc.)
How can I participate in European and International Standard Development?
New materials, techniques or requirements can ensure that the current standard will no longer meet the market demand. Therefore, a standard can be reviewed, and that means the process will start again, "the seven steps of standard development". Such a standard is always as current as possible.
What comes after step 7 “Evaluation”
New materials, techniques or requirements can result in a disbalance between the current standard and demand. Therefore, a standard can be reviewed, and that means the process will start again, "the seven steps of standard development". Thus we ensure the standard is always up to date.

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